Sunday, November 4, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending November 3, 2018)

Gwyneth Paltrow got married back in September, but details of her wedding came out this week. Among them was that Girl Talk served as the DJ for the reception. It's been almost a decade since we last got an album from the mash-up artists, though there have been a few EPs and collaborative singles since. Maybe the gig will spur him to release a new record; if that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Deerhunter announced their eighth album, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?.

The latest album from the Atlanta-based "ambient punk" follows 2015's incredible Fading Frontier. The new album was recorded in Marfa, Texas and produced by Cate Le Bon (her bandmate from DRINKS, Tim Presley, also contributed to the record).

Deerhunter has consistently been one of my favorite bands with their previous three records all making it into my music rotation. Along with the album announcement, they also released a new song, "Death in Midsummer." Based on that song, I have every expectation that I'll love the new record just as much!

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is set for release on January 18.

Also announced recently:

Beirut - Gallipoli (February 1)
Blocboy JB - Don’t Think That (out now)
Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock (February 8)
Bring Me the Horizons - amo (January 25)
Bryan Ferry and His Orchestra - Bitter-Sweet (November 30)
The C.I.A. - The C.I.A. (December)
Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere (February 8)
Freddie Gibbs & Curren$y - Fetti (out now)
Guster - Look Alive (January 18)
Ian Brown - Ripples (March 1)
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs (February 8)
Khruangbin - “Christmas Time Is Here” 7” (November 16)
Lee Ranaldo - Electric Trim Live at Rough Trade East (December 14)
Method Man - The Meth Lab II (December 11)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Love in the Time of Lexapro (November 23)
Preoccupations & Protomartyr - “Telemetry at Howe Bridge” (November 16)
Steve Gunn - The Unseen in Between (January 18)
Swervedriver - Future Ruins (January 25)
Toro y Moi - Outer Peace (January 18)
TOY - Happy in the Hollow (January 25)
Vince Staples - FM! (out now)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 20, 2018)

Massive Attack are reissuing their third album, Mezzanine, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The reissue will be available in the standard formats, CD and vinyl, but has been encoded into DNA which will be available in spray point. Someone may have finally one-upped the Flaming Lips' gummy releases. If they find an even stranger way to release their next record, be sure to check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Mariah Carey announced her 15th album, Caution.

I was obsessed with Carey as a child. I had all of her albums, on cassette, which I would listen to and sing along to on a daily basis. Any talent show that I participated in, I was singing one of her songs. My feelings on her music began to sour around the release of Rainbow. As I began to lose my interest in pop music, I largely stopped listening to her music.

You may have noticed a renewed interest in pop music from me. I've also had a surge of nostalgia around the music I've listened to as a child and am rediscovering my love for Mariah Carey.

She announced the latest record on Monday. The announcement was preceded by singles "GTFO" and "With You." She also released a third single, "The Distance," this week.

Caution will be released on November 16.

Also announced this week:

Adia Victoria - Silences (February 22)
The Good, the Bad, & the Queen - Merrie Land (November 16)
Future & JUICE WRLD - WRLD ON DRUGS (out now)
Jacques Greene - Fever Focus (November 16)
My Brightest Diamond - A Million and One (November 23)
Rhye - Blood Remixed (November 16)
You Tell Me - You Tell Me (January 11)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 13, 2018)

My blurb on St. Vincent in this post from a couple of weeks ago now seems a little prescient. The artist announced and released a collection of reworked songs from MASSEDUCTION, title MassEducation, this week! It's not make up exclusively of reworkings of "Slow Disco," so I was wrong about that, but, YAY, new music from St. Vincent!

Last week, Sharon Van Etten announced a long-awaited follow-up to 2014's Are We There, Remind Me Tomorrow.

Van Etten is a singer and songwriter from New Jersey who released her debut studio album, Because I Was in Love, in 2009 after a string of self-recorded and self-released albums. I've loved everything she's put out (and seen her live at any opportunity I got). Her music is personal and emotional, underlied by a strong voice with a melancholic bent... a bit more flowery than I try to get here, but I do love her so much.

She's taken the last few years off (other than reissuing that first album) and started pursuing a degree in psychology, started acting (you can catch her on Netflix's The OA), and had a child. It hasn't been a long absence, but a very welcome return none-the-less.

She announced Remind Me Tomorrow on October 2 and released the first single, "Comeback Kid."

The album is scheduled for released on January 18 of next year!

Also announced recently:

Anderson .Paak - Oxnard (November 16)
Art Brut - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! (November 23)
Belly - Immigrant (out now)
Dave Keuning - Prismism (January 25)
Deer Tick - Mayonnaise (February 1)
DJ MUGGS x ROC MARCI - KAOS (October 19)
Du Blonde - Lung Bread for Daddy (February 22)
FIDLAR - Almost Free (January 25)
Joe Jackson - Fool (January 18)
John Legend - A Legendary Christmas (October 26)
Kanye West - Yandhi (November 23)
Khalid - Suncity (October 19)
Little Dragon - Lover Chanting (November 9)
Maggie Rogers - Heard It in a Past Life (January 18)
Moonface - This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet (November 2)
Mr Twin Sister - Salt (October 25)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Full Moon Fever (October 25)
Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary Reissue (November 16)
St. Vincent - MassEducation (out now)
Titus Andronicus - Home Alone on Halloween (out now)
Van Morrison - You’re Driving Me Crazy (December 7)
XXL - Puff O’Gigio (December 7)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

New Music Friday - May 11, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Though the Arctic Monkeys were one of the core bands of the post-punk revival movement of the early-to-mid aughts, they've changed their sound with nearly every record. Their last, AM, recalled psychedelic and blues rocks sounds. This one, as best as I can describe it, is skeezy 70s lounge singer. It's the band at their least immediate, but the sound has grown on me since the record was released.

Watch: "Four out of Five"
Watch: "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino"

Beach House - 7

The seventh album from this duo follows a closet-cleaning B-sides release and a departure from their longtime producer, Chris Coady. While still identifiably a Beach House record, it does see them progressing their sound and making a more adventurous album than any of their previous work.

Watch: "Lemon Glow"
Watch: "Dark Spring"

Jess Williamson - Cosmic Wink

Coming just a couple of years after her sophomore album, Heart Song, Williamson's third covers an unlikely trio of life events. On the album, she sings of new love, moving cross country, and the aging of her canine friend.

Watch: "I See the White"
Watch: "Wild Rain"

La Luz - Floating Points

Floating Points is the third album from this LA-based band. A prominent theme of the album is dreams, subtly inferred by the album's title. They combine this with the "surf noir" sound they've already become known for.

Watch: "Cicada"
Watch: "Mean Dream"


SSION is the project of Cody Critcheloe and covers music, as well as visual and live performance. His more than 20 year career includes artwork design and direction for artists ranging from Charli XCX and the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs. O is his third solo record.

Watch: "At Least the Sky Is Blue" (featuring Ariel Pink)
Watch: "Comeback"

Other Full-Length Releases

Ament - Heaven/Hell

Watch: "Safe in the Car"
Listen: "The Noise, the Noise"

The Body - I Have Fought Against It, but I Can’t Any Longer

Listen: "Can Carry No Weight"
Listen: "Nothing Stirs"

Mark Kozelek - Mark Kozelek

Listen: "The Mark Kozelek Museum"
Listen: "My Love for You Is Undying"

The Sea and Cake - Any Day

Listen: "Any Day"
Listen: "These Falling Arms"

Simian Mobile Disco - Hey Sister

Watch: "Caught in a Wave"
Watch: "Hey Sister"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 1

Listen: "Blue Train Lines" (Nina Kraviz Main Mix)

Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 2

Listen: "Four Years and One Day" (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
Listen: "Four Years and One Day" (Gerd Janson Remix)

Ty Dolla $ign - "Clout"

Watch: "Clout" (featuring 21 Savage)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 29, 2018)

St. Vincent released a second alternate version of "Slow Disco," one of the tracks from Masseduction. The new version is titled "Slow Slow Disco." Maybe we'll get an entire album of reworks of the song, I wouldn't be against it. If that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

Almost 50 years ago, The Beatles released their ninth album. It was technically self-titled, but became known as The White Album. The 50th anniversary reissue edition of the album was announced last week.

As with most anniversary reissues, the release will mostly consist of new mixes of the original tracks, along with demo versions the tracks, along with a plethora of other session outtakes.

The 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' White Album will be released on November 9.

Also announced recently:

The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (November 30)
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Live (February 22)
Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks (November 2)
Clean Bandit - What Is Love (November 30)
Climax: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (October 5)
Dan Mangan - More or Less (November 2)
Deerhoof - Deerhoof Plays the Music of the Shining (October 26)
Django Django - Winter’s Beach (October 12)
Dumplin’: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (November 30)
Ella Mai - Ella Mai (October 12)
Erika Spring - Scars (October 5)
Esperanza Spalding - 12 Little Spells (October 19)
Fleet Foxes - First Collection 2006 - 2009 (November 9)
Frog Eyes - Live at the Moroccan Lounge (September 28)
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Overload (October 26)
Goshen Electric Co. - “The Gray Tower”/“Ring the Bell” (November 2)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children (November 2)
How to Dress Well - The Anteroom (October 19)
Jeff Tweedy - WARM (November 30)
Kelela - TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES (October 5)
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In (October 12)
Laura Carbone & The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - “The Flowers Beneath Our Feet” (out now)
Massive Attack - Mezzanine Reissue (November 16)
The Men - Hated: 2008-2011 (November 9)
Monkees - Christmas Party (October 12)
Mumford & Sons - Delta (November 16)
The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (November 2)
Nana Adjoa - A Tale So Familiar (November 7)
The Natvral - Know Me More (October 5)
Noname - Room 25 (out now)
Robyn - Honey (October 26)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - BTTB Reissue (November 9)
Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun (November 16)
Stephen Steinbrink - Utopia Teased (November 9)
Stove - ’s Favorite Friend (October 31)
Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas Vinyl Reissue (November 9)
T.I. - Dime Trap (October 5)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - IC-01 Hanoi (October 26)
Wale - Free Lunch (out now)
Westerman - Ark (November 9)
William Shatner - Shatner Claus (October 25)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

New Music Friday - May 4, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Eleanor Friedberger - Rebound

Fiery Furnaces may have gone on hiatus in 2011, but Eleanor Friedberger has been going strong in her solo career. Rebound is her fourth solo record, following 2016's New View. Fiery Furnaces' seminal Blueberry Boat also got reissued this year!

Watch: "In Between Stars"
Watch: "Make Me a Song"

FAN - Barton’s Den

FAN is the solo project of Meric Long, one-half of The Dodos. That band is far from done (they're actually releasing a new album in just a few weeks). Long introduced his solo career last November with the "Fire" single.

Watch: "Velour"
Watch: "What a Mistake"

Leon Bridges - Good Thing

Bridges started his career with a throwback sound reminiscent of 1960s soul (think Sam Cooke or Otis Redding). For his sophomore album, he sought to update his sound a bit, and mix some modern pop into his retro style.

Watch: "Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand"
Watch: "Bad Bad News"

Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM

Rae Sremmurd's latest is a triple album. The first is the true third album from the duo. The second part is Swae Lee's solo debut, Swaecation, and the third, Jxmtro, Slim Jxmmi's.

Watch: "Guatemala"
Watch: "Powerglide" (featuring Juicy J)

The Temptations - All the Time

Yes, they're still around, though Otis Williams is the only remaining original member. The new album from the band's current iteration is primarily a covers album, featuring songs originally performed by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and others, as well as a few originals.

Watch: "Waitin’ on You"
Listen: "Earned It"

Other Full-Length Releases

DJ Koze - Knock Knock

Watch: "Pick Up"
Listen: "Illumination" (featuring Roísín Murphy)

Iceage - Beyondless

Watch: "Catch It"
Watch: "The Day the Music Dies"

Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Watch: "Emerald Rush"
Watch: "Everything Connected"

Killa Kyleon - Candy Paint N Texas Plates

Watch: "Fuck You"
Listen: "They Don’t Know" (featuring Bambino)

Matt and Kim - Almost Everyday

Watch: "Forever"
Watch: "Like I Used to Be"

Royce da 5’9” - The Book of Ryan

Watch: "Caterpillar" (featuring Eminem & King Green)
Watch: "Boblo Boat" (featuring J. Cole)

Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations

Watch: "Caught in a Wave"
Watch: "Hey Sister"

Viva La Void - Viva La Void

Watch: "Red Rider"
Watch: "Death Money"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Amber Mark - Conexão

Watch: "Love Me Right"
Watch: "Love Is Stronger Than Pride"

Braids - "Collarbones"/"Burdock & Dandelions"

Listen: "Collarbones"
Listen: "Burdock & Dandelions"

Brian Eno - Music for Installations

Listen: "Kazakhstan"

Jenn Champion - "O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)"

Watch: "O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)"

Katie Von Schleicher - "Glad to Be Here" 7”

Listen: "Glad to Be Here"

Mass Gothic - "Dark Window"

Watch: "Dark Window"

Perera Elsewhere - Drive

Watch: "Drive"

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 8, 2018)

One of the unfortunate aspects of hip hop culture is the expectation of rivalry between artists, and the frequent delivery on that expectation. A long-brewing rivalry between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B came to a head last night with Cardi attacking Nicki at a Fashion Week event and then being kicked out of the event. Maybe they'll patch things up some day, but for now, I'm awaiting the inevitable barrage of diss tracks between the rappers.

Better things have happened in the music world recently, including a lot of new album announcements. One in particular that I am looking forward to is the upcoming posthumous album from soul man Charles Bradley, Black Velvet.

Though he had a long performing career, Bradley had a late age surge in popularity and released his first album, No Time for Dreaming, at age 62. He would release two more albums before his death last year.

His latest, and reportedly final, album was announced on September 6. It collects session recordings from all three of his records. The first single and video, "I Feel a Change," was also released.

Black Velvet is set for release on November.

Also announced recently:

27: The Most Perfect Album (September 18)
AlunaGeorge - Champagne Eyes (October 5)
Blondie - BLONDIE: Heart of Glass (October 26)
Bohemian Rhapsody: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (November 2)
D+ - Destroy Before Listening (out now)
Dave Davies - Decade (October 12)
Empress Of - Us (October 19)
First Aid Kit - Tender Offerings (September 14)
Four Tet - Live at Funkhaus Berlin, 10th May 2018 (out now)
Gabby’s World - Beast on Beast (November 2)
Geotic - Traversa (October 19)
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests (November 9)
HAERTS - New Compassion (October 5)
J Mascis - Elastic Days (November 9)
Jerusalem in My Heart - Daqa’iq Tudaiq (October 5)
Joey Purp - QUARTERTHING (September 7)
John Lennon - Imagine - The Ultimate Collection (October 5)
Julia Holter - Aviary (October 26)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - 12 Bar Bruise Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Eyes Like the Sky Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Oddments Reissue (November 2)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Willoughby’s Beach Reissue (November 2)
Liars - Titles with the Words Fountain (September 21)
Logic - Young Sinatra IV (September 28)
Loretta Lynn - Wouldn’t It Be Great (September 28)
LUH - Love Hates What You Become (January 18)
Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman (October 5)
Mark Kozelek with Donny McCaslin and Jim White - Mark Kozelek with Donny McCaslin and Jim White (March 2)
The Mountain Goats - Hex of Infinite Binding EP (out now)
NAO - Saturn (October 26)
Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics (October 19)
The Radio Dept. - “Going Down Swinging” (out now)
The Skiffle Players - Skiff (October 12)
Skylar Spence - “Carousel”/“Cry Wolf” (out now)
Thom Yorke - Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) (October 26)
The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All the Time (January 18)
Ty Segall - Fudge Sandwich (October 26)
The Watson Twins - DUO (October 12)
Will Oldham - Songs of Love and Horror (October 19)
Yumi Zouma - EP III (September 27)

You can also view a longer list of upcoming music at my Upcoming Releases page!